Microwave Popcorn – while popcorn alone is one of the healthiest snacks in the world because it is low in calories and incredibly high in fiber, the same cannot be said of microwave popcorn. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this snack food. From the genetically modified kernels to the preservatives and chemicals used to flavor it, everything about this food screams unhealthy. It also doesn’t help that it often contains diacetyl, which when heated in the microwave is released in the air and can destroy your lungs, causing a deadly condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “”popcorn lung” as those in the health industry now refer to it.
Fat-Free Yogurt and Other Products – Don’t be fooled into thinking that fat-free foods are better for you. The fat is almost always replaced by loads of refined sugar, which is really bad for you. One small yogurt has around 15 grams of sugar in it on top of the 16 grams that are in it naturally, which is more than most desserts that you think of as really bad for you, such as ice cream or apple pie. Opt for fat-free Greek yogurt and add your own fruit or honey so you know what you’re getting.
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of other seemingly healthy foods that are not healthy and can even lead to chronic illnesses. The best thing you can do is stay educated, check labels, and go organic when possible. There are few things in life more important than our health, and eating right can help keep you that way for years to come.